West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli not included in Algeria’s 23 man AFCON squad

West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli will not be featuring at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after Fennecs coach George Leekens chose to leave him out of his final 23 member squad.

Three England based players- the Leicester duo of Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani and Watford’s Adlene Guedioura have been included.

Algeria are in Group B for the tournament alongisde North African rivals Tunisia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. [Read more…]

Zaza to leave West Ham | Valencia expected to be next destination for striker

Italian striker Simone Zaza is almost certain to leave West Ham in January after his father Antonio confirmed that the 25 year old was in negotiation with Valencia over a possible move in the winter transfer window.

Zaza moved from Juve to West Ham on loan with an option to buy (believed to be triggered on making 14 appearances). The Hammers paid an initial £5m fee, with £20m to be paid to make the transfer permanent if he made a set number of appearances.

Originally touted to be the next Di Canio, Zaza has been, to mildly put it, a major disappointment and failed to score even a single goal in England. He has made a total of 11 appearances for the Hammers.

Valencia, managed by Cesare Prandelli has been touted as a potential option, but Los Che have problems of their own [Read more…]

Dimitri Payet finishes 17th in Ballon D’Or Vote

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet finished 17th in the 2016 Ballon D’Or vote. Payet grabbed a single vote under France Football’s voting system (5 points for first, 3 for second, and one for third) and was joint 17th along with the Real Madrid duo of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Among Payet’s French teammates who were also in the 30 member shortlist, Antoine Griezmann finished 3rd behind Ronaldo and Messi while Paul Pogba was joint 14th along with Bayern’s Chilean star Arturo Vidal. Tottenham and France skipper Hugo Lloris didn’t receive a single vote (along with Aguero, De Bruyne, Iniesta and others) [Read more…]

FA Cup Third Round- Hammers to host Manchester City

Of all the teams West Ham could’ve drawn in the third round of the FA Cup, they’ve got Pep Guardiola’s title challengers, which all but puts paid to the hopes of a good Cup run. With the league likely to be the Hammers’ main focus given their precarious position currently, even the most die-hard WHUFC fans will not bet against this being a virtual walkover for City, despite the game being played at home.

West Ham’s last four Cup games have been against Man Utd (h/a), Chelsea (h) and now Man City (h)! [Read more…]

Slaven Bilic post-match interview after Arsenal- Team lacks intensity even in training

Has Slaven lost the dressing room? Is he not pushing the players hard enough? Or are the players no longer willing to work hard for him?

Judging by his post-match interview after the 5-1 loss to Arsenal, it looks like the latter, with the Croat bemoaning the “lack of intensity” even in training.

Slav looks like a man who knows the axe is coming. Bit sad to watch this interview, but it’s an illuminating one all the same. Mirrors the comments Enner Valencia made after joining Everton, saying that West Ham didn’t train as hard as the Toffees.

Is this a last ditch gamble to rally the players up by publicly criticising them for their lack of intensity? [Read more…]

Diafra Sakho injury report- Striker out for 6 weeks after Man Utd injury

West Ham’s strikers don’t seem to having the best of seasons, with Diafra Sakho the latest addition to the treatment room. The Senegalese forward, who became the first “proper” Hammers striker to score in the league in 16/17 with his goal against Manchester United over the weekend, has now been ruled out for six weeks due to a thigh injury.

Sakho is expected to return in January, but will be unavailable for West Ham if he is selected to do duty at the Africa Cup of Nations for Senegal [Read more…]

Video Reece Burke scores first Wigan goal against Huddersfield

Young West Ham defender Reece Burke, currently on loan at Wigan Athletic, scored his first goal for the Latics in their 2-1 Championship win over Huddersfield Town last night [Read more…]

Man Utd v West Ham Part II- EFL Cup QF

West Ham’s second game against Manchester United in the space of four days sees Slaven Bilic’s side again travel to Old Trafford to take on the Red Devils in a League Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday evening.

The Hammers drew 1-1 with Man Utd on Saturday- the first time since 1980 that the Red Devils have drawn four straight games at home.

The visitors took the lead through Diafra Sakho, who became the first specialist West Ham striker [Read more…]